Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Livestock reach Mexico

Livestock carrier Nada berthed in the Port of Timaru.

The livestock carrier Nada has reached Mexico, according to vessel tracking website, Marine Traffic.

A question of milk

Milk prices in supermarkets are high in comparison to Australia.

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by exchange rates, supermarket wars and wholesale prices.

Wanting farmers to diversify

East Takaka master cheese makers Alan Cockman and Gabrielle Kervella inside their micro fromagerie in Golden Bay.

Two Nelson master cheesemakers are hoping to inspire a new generation into their craft.

Bee research work applauded

Coromandel beekeeper Dr Oksana Borowik has observed bee losses in her hives.

Applaud for work that identified a new pathogen that may be linked to significant colony losses of bees in NZ.

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opinion

Trapped in a cage

Science time is immeasurable. "I spent 10 years studying the problems related to soil acidity in New Zealand and still there is work to be done," says Doug Edmeades.

The CRI Act has trapped science in an inappropriate framework, writes Doug Edmeades.

It's cow heaven

OPINION: Keith Woodford sees a tortured path ahead to new dairy systems that meet environmental, animal welfare and economic criteria.

Anti-farming nutters are at it again

How the animal rights argument got skewed

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Several drink filtered effluent

Craig Hawes was surprised that several people drank his company's filtered effluent water at the Fieldays.

Patrick Roskam at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

dairy

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Families forgo 'luxury' milk as prices rise

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by international markets, supermarket competition and wholesale prices.

East Takaka master cheese makers Alan Cockman and Gabrielle Kervella inside their micro fromagerie in Golden Bay.

Cheesemakers want farmers to diversify

Two Takaka master cheesemakers are hoping to inspire a new generation into their craft.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Breeders on a high after record sale

Angus breeders Charlie and Susie Dowding are buzzing at the sale of one of their bulls for $100K.

The snow had to be removed from the backs of bulls before they entered the auction ring at a Totara Valley sale.

Bull sales encounter snow

Heavy snow played havoc with Canterbury bull sales, but failed to stop an offering of 92 bulls going to strong bidding at James and Fiona Fraser's Stern Angus bull sale in Totara Valley

Sheep

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

$200 per live export sheep

Businessman reveals that Saudis would pay over $200 a head for NZ sheep for slaughter.

Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons.

More sheep price updates on cards

Industry leader advocates for more regular forecasts for lamb prices.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Alliance ginger group wants to look at merger

Alliance Group female shareholders on a tour of the Nelson plant. Plant manager Terry Kreft leads the group.

Moves which might see a merger of the two leading meat co-operatives are gathering pace.

Families forgo 'luxury' milk as prices rise

The price Kiwis pay for milk is influenced by international markets, supermarket competition and wholesale prices.

Foreign ownership of land in Marlborough continued to increase

Foreign buyers snap up vineyards

Overseas companies continue to buy up land in Marlborough for vineyard expansion.

Discovery

The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Video

Oddfellows not going anywhere: Allen's

Oddfellows mints safe, Spearmint Leaves gone

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